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There has been all of this Dorie love going around, and it has really made me want to get out my book and try a few new recipes. So when I had a loaf of French bread left from last month’s Daring Baker’s challenge, I knew that I wanted to try a bread pudding, and straight to Baking I went.

I love bread pudding, but I have never actually made it before. I don’t know why, because it is so easy!! I looked through the bread pudding recipes in my book and settled on the Four-Star Chocolate Bread Pudding. I was only going to make a half recipe, because that is way too much dessert for two people, but when my husband heard I was making bread pudding, he insisted that I make the full recipe.

It worked out almost perfectly because the recipe calls for 12 ounces of bread, and the loaf I had was just barely under that. The only thing I had to change a little bit was I only bought a 4 ounce bar of bittersweet chocolate (thinking I needed 3 ounces to half the recipe) so I had to substitute in 2 ounces of semi-sweet that I already had at home. It gives the choice of raisins or dried cherries, and we chose the cherries.

Dorie suggests serving this at room temperature or cold, and I would to. We ate it at room temperature, but I think I preferred it even more after it had been refrigerated.

This was a delicious dessert! I made some fresh whipped cream to serve on the side, which was a wonderful companion. If I was thinking ahead, I would have made some Creme Anglaise, but the whipped cream worked well. I would definitely make it again!

Four-Star Chocolate Bread Pudding
very slightly adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours

12 ounces bread (brioche, challah or white) preferably stale
1/2 cup moist, plump raisins (dark or golden) or dried cherries (optional)
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

Have a 9×13 inch baking pan at hand, as well as a roasting pan big enough to hold the baking pan and hot water. Line the roasting pan with a double thickness of paper towels.

Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes. If the bread is stale, put it and the raisins or cherries, if you are using them, into the baking pan. If it is not stale, spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat and bake in a 350F oven for 10 minutes, then toss in the pan.

Bring the milk and cream just to a boil.

Fill a teakettle with water and put it on to boil; whent he water boils, turn off the heat. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, yolks and sugar together in a bowl. Still whisking, slowly drizzle in about one quarter of the hot milk mixture-this will temper, or warm, the eggs so they don’t curdle. Whisking all the while, slowly pour in the rest of the hot milk. Add the chocolate and whisk it in gently until it is melted and the custard is smooth. Rap the bowl against the counter to pop any bubbles that might have formed, then pour the custard over the bread and press the bread gently with the back of a spoon to help cover it with liquid. Leave the pan on the counter, giving the bread the back-of-the-spoon treatmetn now and then, for 30 minutes.

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350F.

Slide the pan setup into the oven and very carefully pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the pudding pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the pudding is uniformly puffed, the top is dull and dry and a thin knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer the baking pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.

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39 Responses to Dorie’s Chocolate Bread Pudding

  1. glamah16 says:

    I’m not used to you posting on weekends! I went and ordered the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Next up will be a investment in a Dorie book. Great use of left over French Bread.

  2. Joy the Baker says:

    I like this recipe from Dorie too. When I made it about a year ago, I accidentally added double the amount of chocolate… oh wow! It was a LOT of chocolate!

  3. Lori says:

    This looks great, I love bread pudding! The last time I made it, it was chocolate with bananas and leftover whole wheat bread. 🙂

  4. Emiline says:

    I love bread pudding too. I’ll have to try this recipe, because I never know what the “ideal” bread pudding it supposed to be like. Dorie would know, for sure!

  5. Cynthia says:

    I love bread pudding but I’ve never had a chocolate bread pudding. Wish I was close by to have a slice.

  6. breadchick says:

    Now that is a great use for some of that left over French bread!

    I love chocolate bread pudding and I KNOW Dorie’s recipe has be awesome.

  7. Veron says:

    After making chocolate rice pudding, I am ready for chocolate bread pudding. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Shandy says:

    I am so going to have to buy the Dorie cookbook because there are so many people just love baking recipes from this cookbook! The bread chocolate bread pudding looks perfect and what a great way to use the rest of your Daring Baker challenge bread! Yum!

  9. Kevin says:

    I have been wanting to try a bread pudding for a while now. This one looks really good!

  10. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    I generally don’t like bread pudding but chocolate + dorie + your write up could make me rethink that!

  11. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    I generally don’t like bread pudding but chocolate + dorie + your write up could make me rethink that!

  12. Jenny says:

    I love bread pudding and have had a recipe that I’ve been dying to try for the longest time. Your’s looks delicious!! Great way to use that leftover bread! Wish I would have done that!!

  13. Bellini Valli says:

    Chocolate bread pudding would be so decadent. Throw on some whipped cream and I’m in:D

  14. KJ says:

    Snap!! I just made a bread pudding tonight. Not Dorie’s and not chocolate though – rhubarb. I will try Dorie’s recipe next time. I much prefer bread pudding cold too.

  15. Ann says:

    Bread pudding is such an under-rated dessert… and chocolate bread pudding… *swoon*

  16. Cheryl says:

    I so love bread pudding. This chocolate version looks amazing, leave it to Dorie to have another fantastic recipe.

  17. Steph says:

    Man, I feel like a total loser that I have no idea who Dorie is…I guess I’ll have to change that! Your bread pudding looks great!

  18. Ryley says:

    yum.. That looks so good!!

    I bet it was even yummy for breakfast this morning!

    I struggle with cooking yummy deserts for 2 also!

    I always want something good..
    but I don’t want to make something big and waste it..

  19. Dana says:

    I’ve sort of been on Dorie hiatus for a while… This makes me want to break open that book again!

  20. Madam Chow says:

    Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! I’ll have to try this one.

  21. Cakespy says:

    How delicious. This really does look wonderful. Bread, chocolate, pudding. Even separate they’re great–but together…a trinity of awesome.

  22. chou says:

    I’ll have to try this, most bread pudding recipes I’ve tried just never work out to be as good as I imagine.

  23. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Oh goodness, bread pudding is my love! This looks so delicious Deborah! Wow!

    When we made bagels in the DB challenge, I used the leftovers to make a pudding. It was great! I am sure your french bread version was to die for! great use of leftovers! 😉

  24. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    You can’t go wrong with Dorie. This looks delicious!

  25. Cookie baker Lynn says:

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  26. Chuck says:

    Bread pudding always reminds me of my grandma. She would make it every time we visited. I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Thank you

  27. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I have never tried bread pudding, can you believe it? This is luscious, my friend!

  28. kat says:

    oh my husband would love this one

  29. Meeta says:

    Yum! i am freakin over a few of Dorie’s recipe lately (why would that be?) and this really looks good. If you have not already I made the chocolate pots de creme and they are delicious. I have to try this one!

  30. Kelly-Jane says:

    This was one of the first recipes I made from Baking, because I wanted to make something without going shopping!

    Mmm, seeing it again I remember how good it was.

  31. ruthEbabes says:

    This sounds ooooohhhh soooooo gooooood!!!!!

    I’m craving some now!

  32. Elle says:

    More temptation! Anything Dorie is bound to be good and I love bread puddings. MMMM.

  33. Gretchen Noelle says:

    How tasty this looks! I bookmarked it hoping that one day I try it. I am not a huge bread pudding person, but several I know are and it would be fun to try a chocolate one!

  34. Brilynn says:

    I haven’t tried this one yet! Probably because I’m iffy on bread pudding… but I know Dorie’s is good, I made her apple bread pudding and it was fantastic.

  35. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    What a great way to use up that French bread! It looks fab! I just made plain old bread crumbs with mine.

  36. eatme_delicious says:

    I’m really intrigued by bread pudding but have only tried it a couple of times and don’t quite like the mushy aspect of it. I should try out Dorie’s recipe though as hers are always great!

  37. nicisme says:

    I really like this, yours makes me want some right now!

  38. Tartelette says:

    I lurve that recipe….I need to make it again soon! Makes me hungry just to look at it again!

  39. Mary says:

    I’m impressed you had French bread left! I keep making it and eating it up! This bread pudding looks delicious. I am going to have to order this book!

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